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Coutu and Mostafá Elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society
Stephane Coutu, professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, have been elected as Fellows of the American Physical Society.
Three Eberly College of Science faculty members elected as Fellows of the AAAS
Kathleen Postle, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Paul Babitzke, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; and Jorge Sofo, professor of physics and of materials science and engineering, have been named as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed by peers upon members of the AAAS, the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science.
Mostafá and Dykstra awarded C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching
Miguel Mostafá, associate professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, and Sheryl Dykstra, lecturer and director of undergraduate instrumentation laboratories in chemistry have been honored with the 2016 C.I. Noll Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Eberly College of Science Alumni Society.
New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases: Free public lecture on February 4 in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the third of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #3 - "New Technologies Against Infectious Diseases" 04 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
Nita Bharti, Assistant Professor of Biology at Penn State, a member of Penn State's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, and a Branco Weiss - Society in Science Fellow will present the third lecture in the Frontiers of Science series. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture Set for February 13
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Ernest C. Pollard Lecture 13 February 2017 from 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building
Eva Nogales, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will present the 2016/2017 Ernest C. Pollard Lecture at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 13, in 100 Life Sciences Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The free public lecture is titled “Molecular Visualization of the Eukaryotic Transcription Initiation Process.”
Free public lecture on February 11: "One World . . . One Health" 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science
A free public lecture titled "One World . . . One Health" will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #4 - "One World . . . One Health" 11 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
This is the fourth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet." Peter Hudson, Willaman Professor of Biology and Director of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences at Penn State will discuss the threat of global epidemics that could result from emerging diseases, including Ebola, SARS, and Hendra.
How best to treat infections and tumors: Choice of containment versus aggressive treatment depends on drug resistance
In cases where drug resistance can lead to treatment failure, new research shows that therapies tailored to contain an infection or a tumor at tolerable levels can, in some cases, extend the effective life of the treatment and improve patient outcomes. In other cases, aggressive treatments aimed at eliminating as much of the infection or tumor as possible — the traditional approach — might be best. But how can we know which stands the better chance of working?
Measuring entropy: A scanning-tunneling microscope provides a glimpse of the mysterious property
New research shows that a scanning-tunneling microscope (STM), used to study changes in the shape of a single molecule at the atomic scale, impacts the ability of that molecule to make these changes. The study, appearing this week in the journal Nature Communications, demonstrates that the position of the tip of the STM relative to the molecule changes the energy requirements of the molecule to make changes in shape, and in turn, changes the entropy of the system.
NSF funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State
The Penn State Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics (CyberLAMP) is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in cyberscience and is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
A tale of two pulsars' tails: Plumes offer geometry lessons to astronomers
In two studies, international teams of astronomers suggest that recent images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of two pulsars — Geminga and B0355+54 — may help shine a light on the distinctive emission signatures of pulsars, as well as their often perplexing geometry.
Free public lecture on February 18: "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone”
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is the fifth of six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science. The overall theme of the 2017 lecture series is "The Quest for One Healthy Planet."
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #5 - "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" 18 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building, University Park
A free public lecture titled "The Race to Grow Enough Food for Everyone" will be given by Jonathan Lynch, Distinguished Professor of Plant Nutrition at Penn State, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Grant to help pave a big data highway to explore genome, enhance health
A $6.1 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health may help researchers leverage massive amounts of genomic data to develop medical treatments and pharmaceuticals, according to an international team of researchers.
Stone Memorial Lecture set for February 27
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Lab
Stone Memorial Lecture - “New Structure / Function Insights into Viral RNA Replication Compartments” 27 February 2017 from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM 108 Wartik Laboratory
Paul Ahlquist, Kaesberg Professor of Molecular Virology, Oncology, and Plant Pathology and the Steenbock Professor of Microbiological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will present the 2016/2017 Stone Memorial Lecture at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, 27 February 2017, in 108 Wartik Laboratory on the Penn State University Park campus.
Catalytic Conveyer Belt: A new method for controlled delivery of particles via fluid flow
Researchers have developed a new method of transporting particles that utilizes chemical reactions to drive fluid flow within microfluidic devices. The research, which capitalizes on previous studies in self-powered chemo-mechanical movement, is a collaboration between scientists at Penn State’s Department of Chemistry and the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering.
Three from Eberly College of Science awarded Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships
Three faculty members from the Eberly College of Science have been honored with Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships in recognition of their research accomplishments. The new Sloan Fellows are: Michael DeGiorgio, assistant professor of biology; Kin Fai Mak, assistant professor of physics; and Kohta Murase, assistant professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics.
Free public lecture on February 25: "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us"
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus.
Lectures on the Frontiers of Science #6 - "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" 25 February 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 100 Thomas Building
A free public lecture titled "Marine Mammals as Health Sentinels for Oceans and Us" will be given by Gregory D. Bossart, the Senior Vice President for Animal Health, Research, and Conservation at the Georgia Aquarium. The event concludes the six consecutive Saturday lectures in the 2017 Penn State Lectures on the Frontiers of Science.
Next-generation dark matter detector in a race to finish line: Mile-deep U.S.-based experiment is on a fast track to help solve science mystery
The race is on to build the most sensitive U.S.-based experiment designed to directly detect particles of dark matter. Department of Energy (DOE) officials formally approved a key construction milestone that will propel the project named LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) toward its goal for completion by April 2020.
$2.35 million grant enables better prediction of infectious disease outbreaks
Researchers at Penn State have received $2.35 million from the National Science Foundation to study disease transmission among animals with a goal of better predicting outbreaks of infectious diseases within humans.
Gates Foundation grant boosts malaria research program: Supplemental $4.7 million will aid drug development to accelerate malaria eradication
An international team, including researchers at Penn State, have received a three-year, $4.7 million supplemental grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance their development of improved therapies for malaria eradication.
Penn State student Julie Fenton selected to meet with Nobel Laureates
Penn State chemistry graduate student Julie Fenton has been selected to participate in the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, during which she will interact with Nobel Laureates at Lake Constance in Germany.
Discovery rewriting the evolutionary history of the nervous system
Penn State researchers at the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences uncover a long-standing, fundamental error in the story of the nervous system’s evolution.
2016/2017 Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences scheduled for March 21, 22, and 23
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences on March 21, 22, and 23 at Penn State on the University Park Campus.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Randomness” 21 March 2017 from 08:00 PM to 09:30 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a general audience, titled “Randomness,” which is the first of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Operator Scaling - Theory and Applications” 22 March 2017 from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Operator Scaling - Theory and Applications,” which is the second of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Commutative and Non-Commutative Rank of Symbolic Matrices” 23 March 2017 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Commutative and Non-Commutative Rank of Symbolic Matrices,” which is the third of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences - “Structural and Computational Aspects of Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities” 23 March 2017 from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM 114 McAllister Building
Avi Wigderson, Herbert H. Maass Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, will present a lecture intended for a specialized audience, titled “Structural and Computational Aspects of Brascamp-Lieb Inequalities,” which is the final of four lectures in the 2016/2017 Russell Marker Lectures in the Mathematical Sciences.
“CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" is the Friedman Lecture on March 28, 2017
A free presentation titled “CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park Campus.
2017 Freidman Lecture 28 March 2017 from 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM 100 Thomas Building
Pamela Gay is presenting "CosmoQuest: You can help discover our universe" at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, in 100 Thomas Building on the Penn State University Park campus. The event is part of the 2017 Friedman Lecture Series in Astronomy, which is free and open to the public.
Penn State student Zack Springer awarded Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award
Zack Springer, a member of the Science BS/MBA dual degree program at Penn State, was awarded the Cooperative Education Student Achievement Award by the Cooperative Education & Internship Association

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